I Love Bernie Sanders!


This is what I am talking about; this is the kind of political advocacy I’m compelled by and drawn toward this (and hopefully every coming) election season:

Social Security Sen. Bernie Sanders “will once again be leading the fight to protect Social Security from Obama, Democrats and Republicans, all of whom have bought into austerity. It begins now, not after President Obama is likely reelected,” Taylor Marsh wrote at The Moderate Voice. Sanders “will be leading the fight against cutting the program’s cost-of-living increases,” she added. LINK

Holding the president of the United States–whoever he may be come next January– and his incoming Congress accountable. Holding their feet to the fire. Thank you Senator Sanders, for fighting the good fight!

14 Comments on “I Love Bernie Sanders!”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    Are you willing to share? I love him too. Although I’m not generally a fan of cloning, for more Bernies, cloning sounds damned good to me.

  2. peregrine says:

    You better start now with whatever you think is a fair and balanced way to settle the deficit crisis, because, without any intervention, those automatic spending cuts and tax increases are effective January 2nd,, 87 days away.

  3. quixote says:

    Well, let’s see. A financial transaction tax. (No, they can’t just move offshore. Something over 60% of the world’s money moves through NY. They can move some of that, but not even most of it.) A return to progressive taxation, with a top rate for > $1,000,000 of 65% – 70%. A cap on deductions with phase-out at very high incomes. (Apparently a Romney plan :shock:. Felix Salmon has an interesting column about it.) Eliminate the cap on amount of income subject to SS and Medicare taxes. Wind down all the stupid wars.

    And that’s just off the top of my head. No idea how much that would bring in, but I’d be willing to bet it would deal with the deficit with some left over to properly fund Medicare for All.

    The solutions are obvious. What’s insoluble is the kleptocracy.

    • I’ll have what quixote is having.

    • RalphB says:

      Eliminate the cap on amount of income subject to SS and Medicare taxes.

      You can do that til you turn blue and not collect much more money, since those who can will change their compensation plans to more stock bonuses etc and less salary income. If you want to collect a lot more money, you have to make investment income subject to FICA taxes above some amount. Yes I would be for eliminating the lower rate for capital gains all around as well.

      If you think the fight is hard to raise the cap, just imagine what it would take to include investment income into the income stream.

      • NW Luna says:

        Let’s tax investment income MORE than income earned by work. Except for people under a certain income, since we don’t want people living off their Social Security — and what’s left of their 401(k)s if they’re non-bonus-class folks — getting hit.

        We have to fight for any of it. May as well have a big goal. You don’t start into negotiations by offering concessions on the essential goal.

      • RalphB says:

        Count me in! That’s why I think eliminating the cap isn’t enough. Well off people will just pull the John Edward’s dodge or something like it to get out of paying.

      • Full throttle… YES! All aboard? 😉

  4. Seriously says:

    I love that Bernie has “Chavez received a mandate to deepen the Socialist revolution” on his actual senate.gov page. 🙂 I just hope that he’s committed to taking the fight all the way and won’t support some compromise that preserves COLAs for men only or something. I have hope.